Butler was proud of his accomplishments and the rest of the Tourists pitchers.
"It's a good feeling," Butler said. "I had some fun out there tonight. I pounded the strike zone, got some ground balls, and got some good plays behind me. I'm not much of a strikeout guy. I usually get a lot of groundballs."
Butler, a Chesapeake, Va. native who went to Radford University, didn't seem bothered by the sloppy conditions and felt at home.
"I am kind of used it," Butler said. "In Radford, it is cold, chilly and windy. It doesn't feel good to a batter. It helped out. I had a home field advantage feel to it. It worked out well."
After several opportunities were squandered by both teams in the early going, Asheville was finally able to put the first runs of the game and season on the board in the fifth inning.
After Power starter Joely Rodriguez struck out the first two batters, Jason Stolz walked and Juan Ciriaco doubled. A wild pitch gave Asheville a 1-0 lead and a run-scoring single by Kyle Von Tungeln gave the Tourists a 2-0 advantage.
Julian Yan added an insurance run in the sixth to give Asheville a 3-0 lead and its lead was never threatened.
The only hits of the game for the Power came from designated hitter Walker Gourley in the third inning and another single by Josh Bell in the sixth. Cleanup hitter Stetson Allie struck out all four times he batted.
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